Biological Diversity, Climate Resiliency & Invasive Species

Biological diversity is a vital factor in the ability of an ecosystem to be resilient against stressors including invasive species and climate change.  If we genuinely seek to keep our lands and waters healthy and resilient to future stressors, then we must go beyond the management of invasives and make restoration and resiliency a top priority in our invasive species work.

Invasive Species Distribution Updates

Get the latest updates on invasvie species distribution in the state from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Volunteerism at the Molecular Level

Learn about how water samples can help detect the presence of aquatic invasive and native species and get involved.

Nature Knows no Boundaries

Humankind is a fan of creating boundaries, we like to think of things in terms of here or over there, ours or theirs, but nature knows no boundaries. The work we do to prevent the spread of an invasive forest pest or aquatic plant expands beyond our regional counties and other manmade borders, these efforts impact large-scale connected land and water scapes.

When Doing Nothing is Better?

Garlic mustard is one of the most common invasive plants found in backyards, along roadsides and within our natural areas and forests. There is a new perspective regarding the control of this common invader and it isn’t what you may think.

Trapping Invasive Beetles

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a high risk area for the introduction of Ambrosia beetles. These invasive beetles can attack freshly cut lumber and lumber in decks before it is dried, and they cause pinhole defects and dark staining in the outer wood. Galleries formed in the sapwood or heartwood also cause damage. SLELO is monitoring traps in the region to aid an early detection effort lead by the NYSDEC.

Prioritizing Restoration on the Black River Trail

85 Riparian Acres have been prioritized for restoration on the Black River Trail.

Phragmites Management for Landowners in the SLELO Region

As a landowner, it is important to preserve native biodiversity and protect your assets from the negative impacts of invasive species. Common reed or Phragmites australis, is one of the most common invasive plants in the SLELO region. Landowners who have this plant on their property can help control the spread of this plant through a variety of feasible control techniques.

Biocontrol Use in SLELO

The main benefit of using biocontrol is that they conduct the management for you, keeping invasive species populations in check and reducing the need for human intervention.

Black River Trail Feasibility Study

Over the summer Brittney and Robert (our Early Detection Team), and partners with Parks, conducted a survey to determine the feasibility of invasive species removal/control and restoration work.